SECS-P/06 - 6 CFU - 1° Semester

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Learning Objectives

Knowledge and understanding: The course aims at presenting the modern economic models about delopment and growth. The course aims to provide the main tools for analyzing economic growth with reference to the economic theory as well as the economic policies.

Applying knowledge and understanding: The student has to be able to apply the theoretical knowledge acquired to analyse specific statistics data, official documents and case studies. He/She has to understand economic phenomena that can promote growth processes of economic systems, in different social, geographical, technological and demographic conditions.

Making judgements: the student will be able to assess the differences of income and the rate of growth between the economic systems of different countries attaining a sufficient degree of independent judgment especially by comparison of proposed case studies.

Communication skills: during the course the student has to improve and develop the knowledge of a technical and economic language to use in an appropriate way as an useful instrument of communication.

Learning skills: the student will be able to understand which theoretical concept is appropriate to deal with specific cases. Verification of the learning skills is carried out both during the course (lectures, exercises) and in the final written test.

Detailed Course Content

*1. A framwork for analysis

Text 1: cap 1 e 2

*2. Physical capital.

Text 1: cap 3

*3. Population and Economic Growth.

Text 1: cap 4

*4. Future Population Trends.

Text 1: cap 5

*5. Human Capital.

Text 1: cap 6

*6. Measuring productivity.

Text 1: cap 7

*7. The role of technology in growth.

Text 1: cap 8

*8. The cutting edge of technology.

Text 1: cap 9

*9. Efficiency.

Text 1: cap 10

*10. Growth in the open economy.

Text 1: cap 11

*11. Government.

Text 1: cap 12

*12. Income inequality.

Text 1: cap 13

*13. Resources and the environment at the global level.

Text 1: cap 16

14. Territory and economic theory.

Text 2: cap 3

*15. The New Economic Geography and the local development.

Text 3

* the main topics mandatory to succeed in the exam

Textbook Information

1. Weil, D. N. – Crescita Economica – HOEPLI, 2007:

Capitoli: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7, 8,9,10,11,12,13,16,17.

2. Flora A. – Lo sviluppo economico - Franco Angeli, 2008: Capitolo 3.

3. Menegatti M., Seravalli G., La “New Economic Geography” e lo sviluppo locale, Università degli Studi di Parma, Dipartimento di economia, Serie di Economia e Politica Economica WP 5/2004; reperibile al link:

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